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Navy seizes more than 2 tons of cocaine in waters near Acapulco

Acapulco, Guerrero — The Secretary of the Navy reports the discovery and seizure of more than two tons of cocaine off the coast of Guerrero. Authorities say the seizure occurred after navy personnel detected a suspicious vessel traveling at a high rate of speed.

They report the boat was spotted approximately 75 nautical miles (139 kilometres) southeast of the port of Acapulco in the state of Guerrero during marine surveillance operations. However, upon learning of the presence of authorities, the crew began throwing packages overboard.

Navy patrol began an air and water chase of the vessel’s crew who managed to evade the armed forces when they reached the mainland at El Dorado beach in the municipality of San Marcos, 59 kilometers from Acapulco.

In total, 112 packages of cocaine were tossed into the sea along with 19 white drums. The packages were insured by the Navy, which they report, totaled 2,240 kilograms of cocaine. Of the 19 drums, 10 were full of fuel and nine, empty.